Chetham's Library & School of Music

Chetham's Library & School of Music information

Long Millgate
+44 161 834 7861
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Opening hours
9am-12.30pm & 1.30-4.30pm Mon-Fri
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Built in 1421, this is the city’s oldest structure that’s still completely intact – and was where Messrs Marx and Engels used to study (by the big bay window in the main reading room). Its dark corridors and hushed atmosphere are thoroughly appealing, although the wider complex has its own life: it's part a national school for young musicians. If you want to look at the books, you'll need to make an appointment in advance.